SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011





(212) 592-2228

Lisa O’Neil – SVA MA Design Research
Lisa O’Neil is a writer, designer, and former management and technology consultant fascinated with design’s ability to influence emotion and behavior. Her consulting experience with large companies in the media, fashion, finance, telecom, healthcare, IT, art, and design sectors repeatedly illustrated how significantly design affects workplace productivity and morale. She also maintains a deep, lifelong interest in the mental health benefits that can be obtained from an inspiring and calming personal environment.
Lisa’s thesis examines the home storage industry.  She has enjoyed pursuing her Master’s at SVA ,where she has been fortunate to explore her interest in design as well as new venues for her favorite question, “why is that there?”

Selected Research & Writing